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  • #61
    I can't believe no one has said " play that funky music" by wild cherry. So, I'm saying.
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    • #62
      Didn't "The Israelites" by Desmond Dekker chart in the USA, and give us an early taste of reggae (circa 1970)?

      Not our first, though: many people think of "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie Small (1964) as the first USA hit to have a ska/rocksteady beat...
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      • #63
        Ha, so many on this list I disagree with...e.g., James Gang? Walk Away wasa bigger hit than Funk 49, wasn't it?

        But anyway here are my ywo contributions--sure signs of one hit wonders is that there are multipe versions: studio, acoustic, live, anniversary edition.

        Dishwalla--I don't even know the actual title of the "Tell me all your thoughts on God..." song, and I'm glad about that. Something like Pink Plastic Pliers or Tiny Bronze Regrets...

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        • #64
          I think the definition needs to be narrowed. I would disqualify artists with good album sales, artists well established within their non-mainstream genres, artists who used multiple names for their creations and artists successful in other countries. To me, a true one hit wonder is an artist that had one and only one hit song and absolutely no other success. These artists either disappear or are spotted in oldies revues only.
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          • #65
            Going back a bit further: "Bobby's Girl" by Marcie Blane.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3huz_ET4iuc
            This song was arranged by a fellow (Billy Mure http://www.nygirleatsworld.com/ny_girl_eats_world/2007/02/i_am_predispose.html ) who I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of months ago. He is now 91!! years old and still gigging whith HIS band every Sunday evening at "Squid Lips", a club in Sebastian Florida (about 15 miles up the road from me). He is about to sign on to do more gigs on other nights at other clubs. He is doing it because for the love of the music and the fun. He is still a very good guitar/banjo player.
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            • #66
              Gee, just how hot was Gayle McCormick, the little filly who sang lead on this great 1HW from 1969:


              The world of R&B produced so many 1HW's... Rock history is filled, sadly, with stories of many black 1HW's who got screwed out of their subsequent royalties.

              I got to know Eddie Holman, III, the son of this fellow who had the 1HW hit in 1970:


              The younger Holman is a drummer who grew up in Philly. He was tagging along with his dad in the recording studios in the 70's... He was literally present, as a little boy, in the studios when all those incredible Gamble-Huff smash records were being recorded... Can you IMAGINE???? I was jealous! I don't think Soul recordmaking-- in dense, rich stereo-- gets much better than all those Philly Soul sides...

              He told me that on his Dad's record, listed above, that the backup vocals near the end were done by none other than Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.
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              • #67
                Dishwalla--I don't even know the actual title of the "Tell me all your thoughts on God..." song, and I'm glad about that. Something like Pink Plastic Pliers or Tiny Bronze Regrets...


                Title is "Counting Blue Cars".

                Also:
                "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
                "Take On Me" by Ah Ha
                "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
                "Billy Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
                "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace
                "King Tut" by Steve Martin
                "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys
                "One Tin Soldier" by Coven
                "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
                Here's a tip - if you put out some horrible lo-fi recording that sounds like a Gorilla banging an antelope while using a vacuum with a bad belt drive to suck up a floor full of marbles and silverware - and folks don't line up in mass numbers to hop on your wagon... maybe it ain't us who don't "get it". - THX1138

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                • #68
                  "Marianne" - by Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders, 1957

                  This isn't absolutely the first song I fell in love with as a kid -- but it's the first one where I really got personal with it. As far as I was concerned it was "our song" -- shared with my kindergarten GF (named Mary Anne, what else?). That relationship didn't make it past the first few days of first grade (we'd both grown apart... we just didn't enjoy the same things anymore... she liked spelling... I liked dodge ball... I knew it was over before the first weekend of the new school year)...

                  Worse yet... I lost track of the song almost completely.

                  I don't think I heard it a single time between 1958 or '59 and 2005 or 2006 when I remembered those more innocent times, my love for that song, and for my golden locked first love -- and decided to try to find the song.

                  I didn't know who it was by or anything about it, except that the refrain was something like Mary Anne by the Sea Shore... I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a calypso song (and Harry Belafonte was a god in my household, so I was pretty hooked into the calypso thang).

                  [Come to think of it, the very first girl I kissed and called my girlfriend -- before kindergarten -- was also named Mary Anne... I don't think I've thought about how ironic that is since back then. Well, there were a lot of Mary's in those days. But no wonder it was such a deeply resonant song for me, then. Heck, I really bonded with Leonard Cohen's "C'mon, Marianne," too. ]


                  Anyhow -- I was drop-jawed to realize that my favorite song from 1956-57 was by Terry Gilkyson -- father of Tony Gilkyson, who played guitar with X for a few years (and I saw a few times), as well as of singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson and Nancy Gilkyson who was a VP of Warner Bros for 20 years.


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                  • #69
                    You're right, Elsongs. A lot of "one-hit wonders" had one major hit, and at least one, or possibly several, minor "hits" that got some limited airplay, but perhaps didn't make the top 20.


                    But there definitely were true One Hit wonders in the absolute sense, never having any other hit aside from that one song that everyone knows...
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                    • #70
                      Title is "Counting Blue Cars".



                      "Take On Me" by Ah Ha

                      "The Sun Always Shines on TV" and the Bond theme "The Living Daylights."


                      "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk


                      You don't remember "It's My Life"? No Doubt did, they even made a cover version that became a hit in itself!


                      "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys


                      Of any of the artists you mentioned, PSB is anything BUT a one-hit wonder: "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," "What Have I Done To Deserve This," "It's A Sin," "Suburbia," "Domino Dancing," "Always On My Mind," the list goes on and on.


                      "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood


                      Frankie is technically a Two-Hit Wonder. Remember the video to "Two Tribes" with Ronald Regan wrestling Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko?
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                      • #71
                        ...
                        "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
                        ...


                        I think OHW's who name their bands after the song destined to be their One Hit belong in a special category. A very special category. It seems, to me, the very pinnacle of One Hit Wonderdom...

                        Such bands clearly have a sense of their own destiny.
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                        • #72
                          "Talk Talk" by The Music Machine. This was on Original Sound records, a label known mostly for their sound effects records at the time.
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                          • #73
                            I think OHW's who name their bands after the song destined to be their One Hit belong in a special category. A very special category. It seems, to me, the very pinnacle of One Hit Wonderdom...

                            Such bands clearly have a sense of their own destiny.



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                            We can put it to a vote.

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                            • #74
                              Just remembered "Voices Carry", by 'til Tuesday.

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                              • #75
                                80s:

                                "Shaddup-a You Face" - Joe Dolce (1980)

                                "Double Dutch Bus" - Frankie Smith (1980)

                                "Take Off" - Bob & Doug MacKenzie (feat. Geddy Lee) (1981)

                                "She's A Bad Mamma Jamma" - Carl Carlton

                                "I Want Candy" - Bow Wow Wow (1983)

                                "IOU" - Freez (1983)

                                "Sex Shooter" - Apollonia 6 (1984)

                                "Da Butt" - E.U. - (Marcus Miller produced this!) (1985)

                                "Misfit" - Curiosity Killed The Cat (1986)

                                "Cars With the Boom" - L'Trimm (1987)

                                "Waiting For A Star to Fall" - Boy Meets Girl (1988)

                                "Heaven Help Me" - Deon Estus (Feat. George Michael) (1989)

                                90s:

                                "Unbelievable" - EMF (1991)

                                "Deeper Shade of Soul" - Urban Dance Squad (1991)

                                "Rico Suave" - Gerardo (1990)

                                "Informer" - Snow (1990)

                                "Do Anything" - Natural Selection (1991)

                                "Right Here" - BBMak (1999)

                                "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain (1999)

                                "Blue" - Eiffel 65 (1999)

                                00s:

                                "D-D-Don't Stop The Beat" - Junior Senior (2003)

                                "Heaven" - DJ Sammy (2003)


                                Okay I'm tired...There's tons more...
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